This picture has nothing whatsoever to do with Istanbul, it's a picture of a group of silver birch trees in a forest in Suffolk, England.
'Wow! It's not a mosque! Or a graveyard!' was the reaction I was getting with this picture. In many ways painting the chaotic green of the English countryside seemed so much harder than my usual subjects which of course are mosques.... well mosques with sunlight falling upon them... well actually now I come to think about it, mosques with sunlight falling upon them next to a beautiful stretch of water like the Bosphorus....
Suffice to say, the difficulty of the lush, vibrant greens of the English countryside is knowing what not to paint, what to just suggest, what to ignore and what to include, of course knowing when to stop is helpful too.
One of my favourite blogs is '...Water, life & color' by Behzad Bagheri, his picture 'Complete Attention' is a great example of how less is more. 'Become like the Sky' is another stunning picture done with a minimum of brushstrokes but captures so much.
Back here in Istanbul Tunstall Forest seems a long way off now.